Ritchie Talks TT
Ritchie Venner is to Sussex table tennis what Des Douglas has been to English table tennis - a legend. We got the modest Ritchie to take time out of his trophy winning schedule to tell us a bit about himself
Hello Ritchie. Can I firstly ask how long have you been playing table tennis?
What got you started?
My dad played to a high level and he coached me brother and I from the age of about 10
What style of play have you got?
What blade/rubbers do you use?
Mazunov blade and shark rubber
What’s your best shot?
Best shot is a backhand loop
What’s your weakest shot?
Weakest shot is a forehand loop
Any pet peeves about table tennis?
Players at tournaments who lose the ability to speak when umpiring and just turn over the numbers.
Have you got any funny stories in your TT career that you can relate to us?
Once accidently let go of my bat playing a big loop it flew over two courts missing Adrian Moores head by a fraction and everybody thought I had thrown it on purpose. (I was actually winning at the time)
Who are your favourite professional players – past and present?
Kalinikos Kreanga and Chen Xinhua
What temperament have you got on the table?
I am fairly calm most of the time
What do you consider your biggest achievement in the sport?
Twice National Vetts champion
What league(s) do you play in? How did you play last season?
Played in Hastings and Brighton last season. Played well, helped get Brighton Pavillion promoted to the Premier Division via the play-offs (won 9/10 in play-offs)
What’s your best ever win?
Beat Matt Syed (when he was young, but still ranked above me). Beat John Holland and Sean Gibson when they were in the top 10.
What other sports are you interested in?
All sports, but mainly boxing, football and cricket
What changes would you make to make table tennis more successful in this country?
Need the top players to be good enough to get table tennis on TV
Why do you like playing table tennis so much?
Very competitive by nature, keep fit
Who’s been the biggest influence on your table tennis career?
Biggest influence - my dad
Thanks for your time Ritchie